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2014 Keynotes

Sam Altman

Sam Altman is the President of YCombinator. He was cofounder and CEO of Loopt, which was funded by Y Combinator in 2005 and acquired by Green Dot in 2012. At Green Dot, he was the CTO and is now on the Board of Directors. Sam also founded Hydrazine Capital. He studied computer science at Stanford, and while there worked in the AI lab.


Matt Wallach

Matt Wallach (HBS ’98) is co-founder and president of Veeva Systems, a pioneer in industry cloud. Veeva’s cloud-based solutions enable life sciences companies to get drugs to market faster, maximize sales of existing drugs, and maintain compliance with government regulations.

After building the company from its inception into a global market leader, he helped to lead Veeva’s IPO in October 2013. Matt received his MBA from the Harvard Business School, with honors, and his B.A. in Economics from Yale University, cum laude.


Jennifer Fleiss

Jennifer Fleiss is the Co-Founder and Head of Business Development at Rent the Runway, a business that has transformed the retail industry by making designer dress and accessory rentals a convenient and accessible luxury experience for millions of women. With over 4 million members, 250 employees and over 200 designer brands, Rent the Runway is pioneering an apparel business in the new sharing economy with the overall mission to democratize luxury for women everywhere.

She started her career at Morgan Stanley before moving on to Lehman Brothers’ Asset Management Group. Jenny also founded an essay-editing and coaching service for college applicants, and built the company into an online tutoring service.

Jenny received her Bachelor of Arts from Yale University and her Masters of Business Administration from Harvard Business School in 2009.


Scott Friend

Scott joined Bain Capital Ventures in 2006 after selling the company he co-founded, ProfitLogic, to Oracle. ProfitLogic was the leader in the world of retail analytics and price optimization solutions.

Scott’s areas of investment interest since joining Bain Capital Ventures have revolved around retail and retail related technology, both online and offline, as well as the convergence of the two, and he finds himself splitting time between New York City and Boston.

Prior to Bain Capital Ventures, Scott was Chairman of the Executive Advisory Board and VP of Marketing & Science for Oracle Retail. Scott has also held positions at Learning Sciences Corporation, an early pioneer in the e-learning space, The Parthenon Group, a management consulting firm, and IBM, where Scott’s customers were major retailers. Scott received an MBA, with distinction, from Harvard Business School and a BA, magna cum laude, in Electrical Engineering and Economics from Brown University.


Chris Hulls

Chris is the co-founder and CEO of Life360, the world’s largest family network with over 40 million families. An entrepreneur dating back to his high school days, Chris took a break from developing business ideas to serve in the U.S. Air Force, followed by UC Berkeley. Post Berkeley he decided to give up his spot at Harvard Business School after a last minute change of heart inspired him to start Life360. Chris is active in the startup community, often playing matchmaker between startups and VCs. In his spare time, he likes to do anything that involves machines that move - building drones, driving cars, flying planes, and piloting hovercraft.


Tom Eisenmann

Tom Eisenmann is the Howard H. Stevenson Professor of Business Administration at the Harvard Business School and Faculty Co-Chair of the HBS Rock Center for Entrepreneurship. Eisenmann teaches an MBA elective, Product Management 101, in which students specify and supervise development of a software application. In recent years, he has served as Chair of Harvard’s MBA Elective Curriculum—the second year of the MBA Program—and as course head of The Entrepreneurial Manager, taught to all 900 first-year MBA students. He created the MBA electives Launching Technology Ventures and Managing Networked Business (now called The Online Economy) and co-led six winter break immersion trips during which Harvard students studied startups in Silicon Valley and New York City. Eisenmann received his Doctorate in Business Administration (‘98), MBA (‘83), and BA (‘79) from Harvard University. He spent eleven years as a management consultant at McKinsey & Company, where he was co-head of the Media and Entertainment Practice.


Zach Nelson

Zach Nelson has more than 25 years of leadership experience in the high-tech industry, where he has held a variety of executive positions spanning marketing, sales, product development and business strategy with leading companies including Oracle, Sun Microsystems, and McAfee/Network Associates. Nelson has been CEO of NetSuite since 2002. Nelson led NetSuite’s successful IPO in 2007 and its rise from start-up to the industry’s leading provider of cloud computing business management software suites in the world. He was named to 2013 Business Insider’s 50 Most Powerful People In Enterprise Tech list, and to Fortune magazine’s 2012 Businessperson of the Year list. Nelson holds B.S. and M.A. degrees from Stanford University.


Evan Goldberg

Evan Goldberg spent eight years at Oracle Corporation, where he served as a vice president. He was involved in a variety of projects, all focused on making powerful database technology more accessible to users. When he left Oracle, he started mBED Software and built groundbreaking website technology. He founded NetSuite in 1998. Goldberg holds a B.A. Summa Cum Laude in Applied Mathematics from Harvard College.